1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,901 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
View: Beers (128) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,901 | Reviews: 567 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zestar


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

05-20-2014 08:45:05 | More by zestar
Photo of ejimhof


2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

08-27-2012 01:47:36 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, included in the fall sampler pack.

Appearance: A clear copper in color, solid inch of foam and decent retention.

Smell: Bready malts are there initially, later giving way to a nice bouquet of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste: Malty, good spice kick. Pumpkin flavor melds together with roasted and caramel malts. Just a kiss of bittering hop. A well crafted pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of this uniquely American style. I quite enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:26:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is transparent and dark orange. The glass is entirely full of bubbles. The head is two inches thick and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt. The aroma is well done. I don't detect any artificial additives that so often make this style not enjoyable.

T: The best pumpkin ale I have had this year. Spices enhance the beer without being overbearing. The beer is nice and malty with a good balance among the various flavors.

M: Medium body with alcohol content hidden well. Nice lingering aftertaste that ties the whole flavor profile together.

D: A solid beer and certainly one of the better examples of the style. Unfortunately, the beer is only sold as part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 20:10:21 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 2/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, gingerbread, light clove, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. Good all around balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:53:57 | More by superspak
Photo of rab53


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

11-25-2011 04:21:51 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin with the accompanying spices.

The taste consisted of sweet pumpkin flesh, caramel and a drying allspice and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average pumpkin ale. I'd like to see these in 6 packs next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:27:12 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty pumpkin pour appears burgundy in the chalice with a light rise of effervesce. Clarity is good, with a pie crust colored head that was small and whispy atop. Lacing is speckled with vast open windows of space.

S: Aroma of cinnamon, toasted pumpkin, light ginger spicing. The spicing is well balanced and lets the natural pumpkin addition scent have an equal and imporant voice.

T: The flavor was toasted pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spicing with just a hint of ginger. Again the natural pumpkin flavor gets a bit more say then most other pie style examples. Sweet toastdeness, munich and a rasiniy caramel sweetness.

M: creamy, pumpkin puree with some toasted edginess feel and a soft carbonation touch.

O: Overall i like how they opted to go the more natural route, where the natural pumpkin and toasted quality gets a better representation then most examples which tries to come off like a richly spiced bomb pumpkin pie. Decent, with a better then average rate of drinkability per style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:20:54 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of smakawhat


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. More SA festing I guess!

Light caramel head that is really soapy and small. Goes away fairly quickly without much retention. Body color is clear dark amber and very red. No lacing to speak of here while drinking. Head is very weak looking.

Big sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and squash. Well hey pumpkin is a squash but you get the drift. Very big nutmeg sweetness on this.

Taste is sort of lacking. Afterfinish comes of nutmeg and some dry clove with a hint of sweetness on the palate. Mid palate doesn't bring much malt body. A bit wet and exceptional brown spicy hot on the swallow.

Overall in all fairness I am not a fan of pumpkin beers, this one though seems more brown hot spiced forward and I enjoy that more. I could drink this one more easily than other pumpkin beers that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:19:01 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't have the orangeness you'd want in a pumpkin ale. Also lacked the aroma of pumpkin, which is mild, but still, a little more cinammon would bring it out.

Taste, still the same problem, not so much pumpkin to it. Coriander seems to be the most prevalent thing, and I doubt its even in the beer. Weird unidentifiable spice presence, its not the cinnamon. Maybe its ginger. Pumpkin is not supposed to be this bitter.

Its easy enough to drink and all, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, unless you're a huge pumpkin freak, but if that's the case, you'll probably be even less impressed with this as you'd probably had many of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 22:38:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of DrJay


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, dark copper, more reddish than orange, with a short beige cap that settled to a collar within a couple of minutes. Lots of caramel and spices in the aroma, mostly nutmeg but with some cinnamon and ginger as well, slightly toasty. Slightly vegetable quality up front in the flavour, moderate bitterness that appeared towards the finish, sweet and spicy in the middle, a little bready. More of the nutmeg and ginger with slight cinnamon that was apparent in the nose. Slightly slick in the finish, nice texture overall, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. A decent pumpkin ale, nothing out of the ordinary but pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:47:33 | More by DrJay
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear deep reddish colored beer.

Light aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, really had to swirl the beer to release enough aroma to discern what exactly it consists of, but in doing that this beer releases a pretty good scent.

A pretty good pumpkin taste without going over board like a lot of harvest/pumpkin beers tend to do. Has the pumpkin spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. without trying to drowned you in it.

A light dry aftertaste with a bit of pumpkin spices on this medium bodied affair.

If you're not big on the whole got to have a pumpkin beer in the fall thing you might want to try this one, it's not overbearing and doesn't bring any bad tastes along with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 22:55:11 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells of pumpkin spice and subtle caramel malt. This beer tastes like grandma's pumpkin pie; sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and spices. Smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, very drinkable.

Like dessert in bottle. A sessionable beer that's perfect for the holidays (even though it comes out in August).

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:14:12 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

02-10-2013 14:13:15 | More by Kelp
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not retired anymore... Part of the Autumn 12pack. Poured into my Old Guardian Goblet. Thin white head atop a deep amber brew.

Nose is more mild than I was expecting in the spice rack.. some descent cinnamon and mild clove.. mace? A bit toasty.

Flavor is spicy and pretty nice all around for a style that I normally don't appreciate..

Meh... okay for what it is.... but I will leave this one for the peeps who like pie spiced brews.


Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 07:14:13 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of sendbeer


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

12-14-2012 05:38:17 | More by sendbeer
Photo of PEIhop


4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-21-2011 02:02:43 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spice (nutmeg), slight yeast, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice), hint of earthy malt, pumpkin, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, very drinkable, great blend, and good aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 14:31:16 | More by Tone
Photo of Brad007


3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First pumpkin ale of the season for me.

Pours a nice garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Presentation gets an "A".

Aroma is chock full of spices with only a hint of actual pumpkin. At least it doesn't overwhelm there.

Taste is light with a hint of spice (I'm thinking nutmeg?) along with just a slight amount of pumpkin. Kind of bland actually.

Mouthfeel is full of slight pumpkin and spice notes. Underwhelming.

Sure, it is still quite drinkable but otherwise, I don't see why they bothered to make a pumpkin ale. You probably know by now that there are much better examples available. Only try if you're really curious.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 21:56:18 | More by Brad007
Photo of dmorgan310


2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

08-07-2012 23:33:16 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-29-2011 19:22:34 | More by THECPJ
Photo of harpus


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-25-2013 05:22:32 | More by harpus
Photo of rolltide8425


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

09-01-2013 04:06:35 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of Zaphog


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-20-2012 20:14:04 | More by Zaphog
Photo of GraduatedCashew


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

06-24-2013 17:59:01 | More by GraduatedCashew
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.